Babylon the Great

The following is an excerpt from the book, “Bible Prophecy, Bible Versions, Spiritual Formation,” by author / speaker Jocelyn Andersen. Her radio commentaries can be heard on Sharecropper Christian Radio www.ShareCropperRadio.com Her latest book, Woman Submit! Christians and Domestic Violence, is available where ever books are sold. She invites you to Visit www.WomanSubmit.com for details. Her book, Bible Prophecy, Bible Versions, Spiritual Formation, is available FREE for Download at www.Lulu.com/JocelynAndersen Visit www.HungryHeartsMinistries.com for information concerning all her books.

Babylon the Great
The Man of Sin
No one knows who the antichrist (Man of Sin) will be as he will not be revealed until the restraining force of the Holy Spirit is removed when the time of Christ In You is culminated at the rapture of the Church (2 Thessalonians 2.3-8). We first saw the Holy Spirit descending on a human being and remaining there permanently in the man, Christ Jesus, after his baptism by John. The Holy Spirit

descended and remained again, in the second chapter of Acts, when he descended and made the bodies of all believers his dwelling place here on earth (John 1.33, Acts 2.14, 1 Corinthians 6.19, 2 Corinthians 6.16). When “he who restrains” (the Holy Spirit) is taken out of the way, those he indwells will be taken out of the way as well. Jesus said the Holy Spirit would be with us forever. The Bible says he will never leave or forsake us (2 Thessalonians 2.3-8, John 14.16). When the Holy Spirit is taken out of the way, the mystery of iniquity that is already at work, even today, will be fully revealed in the Man of Sin. This evil person will eventually be empowered and indwelled by Satan himself (2 Thessalonians 2.3-9, Revelation 13.28). In Scripture, the Man of Sin is never directly referred to as the antichrist. However, he is alluded to as such. That the early church believed in such a person is clear from the statement made by the Apostle John, “As ye have heard that antichrist shall come…” John was speaking of a human being in this verse (1 John 2.18).

The fact that there is indisputably a spirit of antichrist and many antichrists (1 John 4.3, 2.18), in no way negates the fact that the scriptures do reveal a very specific, evil person who will be in power for at least 7 years just prior to the physical return of Jesus Christ—and whose power will come directly from Satan himself during the final 3 ½ years of that time (2 Thessalonians 2.8, Revelation 13.2-5, Daniel 8.24). This evil person is called by many names in both the Old and New Testaments The Man of Sin in 2 Thessalonians 2.3 The Wicked (one) in Isaiah 11.4, 2 Thessalonians 2.8 The Son of Perdition in 2 Thessalonians 2.3 (he is the only person besides Judas to have that infamous title bestowed upon him) The Beast in Revelation 13.17-18, 19.19-20, 20.4,10 (the Beast is identified as a man in Revelation 13.18) The Assyrian in Isaiah 10.5,24, 14.25-26 A King of fierce countenance in Daniel 8.23 The king in Daniel 11.36

The King of Babylon in Isaiah 14.4 The man that made the earth to tremble in
Isaiah 14.16-17

The hand that is stretched out upon all nations in Isaiah 14.26 The hammer of the whole earth in
50.23 Jeremiah

He/Him/His/Himself in

Revelation 13.4-7, 14.11, 16.2, 19.20, 20.4, 2 Thessalonians 2.4,6, Daniel 7.24-25, 8.11,24-25, 9.27, 11.36-45

His Capital City
Many debates continue to take place concerning whether or not the prophecies concerning Babylon in the last days are literal or merely symbolic. One of the most compelling reasons to believe that Babylon must literally be rebuilt is because not one of the prophecies concerning the sudden, catastrophic destruction of Babylon, and the land area surrounding it becoming an utter wasteland, has yet been fulfilled. It is prophesied that Babylon will be destroyed suddenly. It is prophesied that,

after that happens, Babylon will remain uninhabited—forever. It is prophesied that the geographical location of Babylon and a very large area (thousands of square miles) surrounding it will become fire, brimstone and a perpetual wasteland (Isaiah 13.19, Jeremiah 50.40, Deuteronomy 29.23). The Biblical prophets repeatedly foretold the sudden, catastrophic and complete destruction of Babylon. Both Isaiah and Jeremiah said it would be as (exactly like) the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah. Sodom and Gomorrah were destroyed suddenly, catastrophically, and permanently by fire and brimstone (Genesis 19.24-28). Not only has the site of ancient Babylon not been turned into fire and brimstone, it has also not remained uninhabited (1 Peter 5.13). As recently as 1898 Babylon (renamed “Hillah” at that time) contained about 10,000 inhabitants. But the prophets are specific about the fact that when God’s final judgment comes upon Babylon, not one single stone of it would survive to be used again.

That has not happened yet. Bricks from ancient Babylon have been used and reused over the centuries. They can be found in buildings all over Iraq. In fact, for quite a few years, the city of Babylon itself has been undergoing restorative construction. Festivals have even been held there. One of the most interesting scripture passages relating to The Great Tribulation, the Antichrist, and to Babylon is found in Zechariah chapter 5. This passage is quite symbolic, but taking the trouble to unlock the symbolism is well worth it. In the first two verses of Zechariah chapter 5, the prophet looks up and sees a flying **scroll. **Point of Interest: In December of 2006, an Israeli
airline, Israir Airlines, became the first airline to maintain an authentic Torah Scroll (Law of Moses) onboard for its passengers to read. This scroll is officially known as “Sky Torah” and has been dubbed “The Flying Scroll.”

Zechariah is told the scroll represents a worldwide curse (judgment). **How could the Torah (Law of Moses) possibly contain a curse?

Read the following scriptures
Luke 16:28-31 Luke 24:27 Hebrews 10:7 Galatians 3:23-24

The Torah reveals the true Messiah. The coming judgment (curse) of The Great Tribulation is coming only because the true Messiah, Jesus Christ, who has been fully revealed in the Law, was rejected by his people Israel and by the world at large (Malachi 4.5-6). There are only three worldwide judgments spoken of in scripture. The first was the flood in Genesis—which wiped out all but eight people. The second will be The Great Tribulation, which will destroy approximately 75 to 80% of the world population within a short period just seven years. And the third will be the fiery purge that will take place at the end of the first 1000 years of Christ’s reign on earth (Zechariah 5.1-3 [1-5], Genesis 6.11-13 & 7.19, Matthew 24.21-22, Isaiah 24.1,3-6, Revelation 20.9). The worldwide judgment in Zechariah chapter 5 is clearly referring to the time of The Great Tribulation (as there is no

mention of either a flood or of fire being used as the main instrument of judgment). In this passage, the prophet was shown how the antichrist will strategically come to power and where his base of operations will be located. Zechariah is told by the angel to look and see what is going forth—that is good advice for us today. When Christ came the first time, those who were alert and knew the scriptures, understood that they were living in the time of his coming and were actively looking for his arrival (Zechariah 5.5, Luke 2.2526). Jesus himself said the signs of the times could be observed and understood. And he had nothing but harsh rebukes for those who ignored the obvious…simply because the truth did not suit them. There is a massive falling away predicted to occur within the Body of Christ just prior to the rapture of the Church. At that time, many will be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ and go whoring after another Jesus, another gospel, and will receive another spirit. The Bible says they will defect from the true faith, and God will turn them over to

the lie which will ultimately cost them their souls (2 Thessalonians 2.3-8, 2 Corinthians 11.3-4). The Bible says God will allow a great delusion to overcome all who love not the truth. This is a specific reference to an endtime apostasy/ defection from the true faith. This is taking place even now in alarming numbers (Luke 12.54-56, 2 Thessalonians 2.3, 10-11). It is a dangerous thing, particularly in these last days, when the great falling away is predicted, to reject the truth (which is contained in its entirety within the pages of God’s Written Word—the Bible). Any socalled truth that does not line up with what has already been written is no truth at all, but rather a lie. And the Written Word of God warns that those who love the lie will be given over to it (Isaiah 8.20, 2 Thessalonians 2.11). Not only will those individuals who trade their birthright for a bowl of pottage be left behind when the rapture occurs, they will be given no opportunity to repent afterwards. Hebrews 6:4-6 is clear that once a person falls away, renewal into repentance becomes an impossibility (Hebrews 12.16-17, Genesis 25.30-34, 27.34-38).

There are those who claim the falling away, spoken of in 2 Thessalonians 2.3, took place during the 2nd or 3rd centuries. They maintain that “truth” was lost to the church very shortly after the apostles died. The scriptures do not bear that out. Get away, quickly, from anyone who teaches such heresy. That interpretation of 2 Thessalonians 2.3 is in direct opposition to Psalm 100.5, which assures us that not one single generation will ever be lost because they have been deprived of God’s truth. “His Truth endures to every generation (most modern English Bibles contain a corrupted version of this verse).” The falling away predicted in 2 Thessalonians 2.3, 7-8,10-12 is a direct reference to an end-time apostasy, and it will happen shortly before the Man of Sin is revealed. The scriptures say the rapture must take place before the identity of the Man of Sin can be revealed. This will be a deliberate defection from known, revealed, truth due to rebellion against the truth, not a result of truth being lost. **This is worth repeating: The defection will be so overtly rebellious and contrary to the written Word of God that the Lord will give the defectors over to the lie they are

whoring after. They will not only be left behind when Jesus comes to raise the dead and catch up the living, but they will be given no chance to repent during The Great Tribulation. They will lose all chance of obtaining eternal life. This is not the time to blindly follow those who encourage the use of unscriptural subjective spiritual experiences and forms of eastern meditation such as centering prayer, soaking prayer, contemplative prayer and other spiritual “disciplines” that replace the Written Word of God in discerning the true from the false. This is not the time to place our trust in those who claim their unbiblical message is validated by experiences, signs or wonders. Those who foster such practices imperil souls. Below are quotes from the sort of teaching and teachers that should be avoided:
1. God is a lot bigger than doctrine 2. The church is so hung up on Bible

study they don’t know Jesus! 3. It doesn’t matter that the Hindus, Buddhists and New Agers use this kind of prayer and meditation in their religion. As long as our goal is to

glorify God, we can adopt their methods. It is the motive—not the method—that matters. All of the above statements defy scripture. The first two fly in the face of every verse which commands and encourages the study of the Bible and the acquisition of sound doctrine. Doctrine is not a dirty word! And how do we resolve the third with the clear scriptural command not to imitate unbelievers and to learn none of their ways (Jeremiah 10.2)? Those who attack the pursuit of sound doctrine via Bible study do not know Jesus. It is as simple as that. Doctrine is derived from Bible study and we are admonished in the scriptures to pay close attention to doctrine (2 Timothy 4.2). Jesus warned us about following false prophets or teachers in Matthew chapter seven. They will stand before him at the Judgment of the Nations woefully crying, “Lord, Lord! Didn’t we do many miraculous works in your name?” The Lord will assure them that they are workers of iniquity, that he never knew them, and will proceed to condemn them to hell (Matthew 7.22-23).

Do not allow spiritual experiences, miracles, signs (Jeremiah 10.2) or wonders to be a basis for deciding whether someone or something is or is not from God. The Bible clearly warns that those who are given over to believing the lie will be deceived by means of lying wonders. That could conceivably include the experiences described by those who meditate using unscriptural meditation aids that include but are not limited to vain repetitions of the names of Christ, etc.. This is a form of mantra meditation and Jesus clearly commands his people not to engage in any such activity (Matthew 6.7). The Bible also reveals that just before Christ returns, spirits of devils working miracles will be very prevalent. And by means of miracles will deceive the people of the earth (2 Thessalonians 2.9, Revelation 13.14, 16.14). In Zechariah 5.2-3 the angel calls the prophet’s attention to a strange sight. Zechariah was told to look and see what was going forth. Something was happening. The winds of change were blowing. Something was moving forward. And the thing he was told to be looking at was an ephah (a basket).

Remember that this entire prophecy will be taking place during a time of worldwide judgment, which, by process of elimination must be referring to the time of The Great Tribulation. So we know this prophecy must be for those who will be living during that time or very close to it—possibly in the time known as The Beginning of Sorrows (Zechariah 5.6, Matthew 24.1-8, 21). Jesus said the time of the Great Tribulation would be so horrendous that this world has never seen anything like it before nor ever would again. Considering the horrors this world has already seen—that’s pretty bad. The scriptures reveal that up to 75 to 80% of the world’s human population will die during that time. The Jewish population will be so reduced that Isaiah predicted even a child could write them. No wonder God said to tremble at the very thought of it—to be horribly afraid… (Isaiah 10.17-21) Look, see, pay close attention to what is happening—right now. This prophecy is for the very near future and gives important details as to how the Man of Sin will come to power and where he will be operating from after he comes to power.

But what possible significance could an ephah (not just any measuring basket—but specifically an ephah) have concerning a judgment that will go forth over the whole earth? Notice the order of events: first we see a curse (a judgment) moving forward. Then we see an ephah moving forward (Zechariah 5.3, 6). An ephah was a basket. It was the largest measure in use among the Jewish people of Zechariah’s time, and was commonly used as a symbol of commerce (much like the “basket” is used today in connection to the **Euro). ** Euro: The name for the composite monetary unit that
has replaced national currencies in several European countries. The Euro was introduced on January 1st, 1999 and went into general circulation on January 1st, 2002 (the specific amounts of euro in the valuation basket…). ECU: (European Currency Unit). A composite monetary unit consisting of a basket of European Community currencies that served as the predecessor to the Euro.

The ephah (basket) Zechariah saw moving forward symbolized currency and commerce —both in his time and now, again, in ours as well.

The angel elaborated further and said the ephah was disguising something. The resemblance (the outward appearance) of it looked good. It looked like commerce was getting a well-needed boost and was moving forward. The angel said the resemblance (the outward appearance of a commercial boost) would deceive the whole earth. It is crucial, at this point, to have a King James Bible. Most other versions corrupt this passage—especially verse 6—obscuring the entire purpose of the passage, which is to expose the game plan of the enemy (Zechariah 5.6). The ephah, in Zechariah’s vision had a lid made of 100 lbs of lead. This lid effectively hides the contents of the basket. What we see can be very deceptive. But what exactly will be hidden in this ephah (Zechariah 5.7)? The scriptures tell us a woman will be hidden in the container. The angel introduced the woman by saying, “This is Wickedness.” A more literal rendering of the angel’s words are, “her name is Wickedness” (Zechariah 5.7-8). Why would a female be used to represent wickedness? Is it because women are

inherently more wicked than men? As far as the commonly accepted perceptions of mankind go, history would validate that idea. Both men and women have participated in, and perpetuated, discrimination against females. But the answer is, “No,” all mankind is inherently wicked, not just the females of the species (Jeremiah 17.9, Romans 3.10). Could it be that a female is used to represent this wickedness because it will quickly multiply and infect the whole earth? After all it is females who are fertile, conceive and give birth. Or is it possible this might represent a female who will be a major player in endtime events? Only time will tell. At any rate, the scriptures reveal it is a woman whose name is wickedness that is hidden in the basket, and the ephah represents a commercial boost, or at the very least, the promise of one. Zechariah watched as the lid was lifted, and the woman stood up (or was lifted up by the angel). She was momentarily exposed, but the angel immediately cast her back into the

container and replaced the lid in order to keep her hidden (Zechariah 5.8). **It is important to note here, that it is always God who is in control of the times and the seasons—even the horrendous season of The Great Tribulation. It is God allowing the woman whose name is wickedness to remain hidden (although it/she will be temporarily exposed to those who are alert). God knows those who are alert and love the truth will not be motivated by ungodly lusts to deviate from the simplicity found in Jesus Christ. But those who love not the truth, who rebel against the simplicity of Christ, who are greedy for personal power and gain, and who seek after spiritual experiences, signs and wonders, will be deceived and will ultimately be destroyed by whoring after these things. These things will not come looking overtly sinful and evil. They will come well disguised behind a seductive veneer of spirituality and godliness. Many who will lose their souls in the last days apostasy, will do so believing they are truly following Christ (Matthew 7.22-23, 2 Thessalonians 2.10-11, 1 Timothy 6.9, 2 Timothy 4.3).

Zechariah looked again and saw two women with wings. They had wings like a stork, and he saw that the wind was in their wings. The two women with wings picked up the basket containing the woman (Zechariah 5.9). These women are spiritual beings. They are not angels. They have wings like a stork, which according to scripture, is an unclean bird. Thus they are identified as being unclean spiritual beings. The wind is in their wings which means they can fly very fast. When they pick up the basket containing the woman, they will get it/her to its final destination with amazing speed. **Note – These are the only women with wings found in the entire Bible. Women with wings are not angels. Images of women with wings do not represent angels (regardless of the intention of the artist). Although wings are seen in scripture as a symbol of God’s protective covering (Psalm 91:4), they are also depicted as an abominable covering (Daniel 9:27). The women with wings in Zechariah Chapter five have the wings of an unclean bird. This reveals that any covering they might represent will be an unclean spiritual covering—i.e., an unclean false religious

covering (Psalm Isaiah 30.1).

91.4, Revelation 12.14, Zechariah 5.9,

This writer believes the women with wings, seen by the prophet, Zechariah, will be connected with the false religion described in Revelation 17—called the Whore of Babylon. The false religion represented by the Whore of Babylon is filthy rich, causes worldwide spiritual adultery and has shed so much blood of true saints, the Bible says she is drunk with it (Revelation 17.1-2,4,6,15, 18.1). Do not be fooled by the image of a woman representing wickedness and dismiss Zechariah’s vision as having nothing to do with the Man of Sin. His vision had everything to do with the Man of Sin! The Man of Sin will use the woman whose name is wickedness and commercial prosperity [at least the promise or illusion of] in his rise to power. There may even be an actual woman involved, but the power will ultimately go to the Man of Sin (Daniel 8.25, 2 Thessalonians 2.9). Zechariah was told precisely where the unclean spiritual beings will take the

wickedness. They will carry the wickedness to the land of Shinar. And the purpose of transporting the wickedness to Shinar will be to build it a house there. It will become its “own base”—a military term meaning home base or base of operations (Zechariah 5.11). It is also important to note that Zechariah 5.11 specifically says the land of Shinar, so this rules out the possibility that this verse is referring to any vague, spiritual location. This wickedness is heading for a very specific physical geographical location. The land of Shinar in verse 11, is referring to the physical locale of ancient Babylonia. The name is also used in scripture to describe the physical location of the ancient city of Babylon. The ancient city of Babylon will be completely rebuilt. It will become the personal capital of the Man of Sin, and, during his reign, it will also become the capital city of the entire world. **Zechariah’s vision reveals a time when most of the world population will be deceived by the Man of Sin, and the entire

world will experience the judgment and wrath of Almighty God. The Antichrist will be assisted in his meteoric rise to power by a false religion and a boost to commercial prosperity, which will effectively, for most, disguise a desperately wicked agenda. This will all happen very quickly, and a base of operations will be set up in the rebuilt city of Babylon—referred to in The Revelation as…Babylon The Great (Revelation 13.3-4,14, 18.10-13,15-19, 20.10). Chapter Review When will the Man of Sin be revealed according to 2 Thessalonians 2.3-8? How long does John 14.16 tell us the Holy Spirit will be with us? What does Babylon?
1 Peter 5.13

tell us about the city of

What is one of the things 2 Thessalonians 2.3 tells us will happen prior to the identity of the Man of Sin being revealed?

What does the apostle Paul say God will do to those who love not the truth (2 Thessalonians 2.10-11)? What does Isaiah 8.20 tell us we had better not deviate from? According to Hebrews 6.4-6 is it possible to be renewed back into repentance once we fall away? Which generation will not have God’s truth according to Psalms 100.5? What does the apostle, in 2 Timothy 4.2, tell us we need to pay attention to? In Matthew 7.22-23 Jesus high-lights a specific group that he wants to make very clear he never had anything, what-so-ever, to do with. What activities will these rejected ones have been engaged in? What will be the driving force behind those who will not endure sound doctrine according to 2 Timothy 4.3? Does Zechariah 5.9 identify women with wings as angels?

Are you reading your Bible daily, always picking up today where you left off yesterday? If not, the book of John is a good place to start. A King James Bible with no chapter headings or footnotes is recommended.
This has been an excerpt from the book, “Bible Prophecy, Bible Versions, Spiritual Formation,” by author / speaker Jocelyn Andersen. Her radio commentaries can be heard on Sharecropper Christian Radio www.ShareCropperRadio.com Her latest book, Woman Submit! Christians and Domestic Violence, is available where ever books are sold. She invites you to Visit www.WomanSubmit.com for details. Her book, Bible Prophecy, Bible Versions, Spiritual Formation, is available FREE for Download at www.Lulu.com/JocelynAndersen Visit www.HungryHeartsMinistries.com for information concerning all her books.

Jesus said by our words, we will be justified, or by our words, we will be condemned. That is a frightening thought for most of us. During the course of a lifetime we speak many words, and we do not always choose our words wisely. The wisest choice of words we can ever make is to confess with our mouth that Jesus Christ is the risen Son of God. If we come to God on those terms, with a truly repentant heart, we are promised eternal life. A broken and contrite heart, he will not despise. Here is what it all boils down to. Our God is merciful and loving. He does not unnecessarily complicate things. We read in Romans 10. 9, 10, and 13, that if we confess with our mouth, words, that Jesus is the Son of God, and believe in our hearts that God

raised him from the dead, and call on God to save us according to those terms, We, Will, Be, Saved. Is it well with your soul?